I am free by Regina Bartley
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Release Date: November 3, 2015
Buy Now: Amazon
A standalone novel about one girl’s fight for freedom, and one boy’s chance to stand out.
The day that Grace turned eighteen, she was finally able to escape. She packed a bag, tiptoed out of her kitchen door, and ran away from her home, leaving behind a world of hurt. She was chasing the one thing that she’d dreamed about her whole life… Freedom.
Jackson was a star. He was popular. He was loved. He was the opposite of Grace in every way. He’d never known what it was like to be different or misunderstood. If he wanted something, he got it. It was that simple. Until her… It would take more than a slick one-liner to make Grace fall for his charms.
Grace may have only carried one bag when she ran away, but her heart was weighted down with the heavy baggage of her past. Her secrets would come out eventually, and when they did, it would take an awfully strong person to help carry her load.
I am me.
Let me live.
Don’t hold me back.
I’m not fragile.
I won’t crack.
You think you know.
You’ve cast me out.
And kept me low.
Please don’t hurt me.
Let me be.
For the first time,
I am free…
Regina Bartley wholeheartedly captivated me and brought tears to my eyes within the first few pages of this incredible story and I instantly knew that I was in for an emotional journey. The moment I cracked open this book and started reading it was impossible to put down and I ended up devouring it within a few hours! Still can’t believe this is only the second book that I’ve read from this amazing lady, but I plan on changing that really soon!
Grace’s story was emotional heartbreaking and no one could fault her from fleeing from home on her 18th birthday. Her past could have broken her, but she was hands down one of the strongest female characters I have read in a longtime. She definitely wasn’t going to let her past hinder her future, but that doesn’t mean she has fully escaped it yet, especially when her father has made it his mission to find her.
Just as Grace is adjusting to her newfound freedom, she meets Jackson who is popular and a star on his basketball team. These two are complete opposites, but at the same time it’s as if they were destined to find each other! I absolutely loved the dynamic between these two and I adored how their friendship blossomed into a relationship. My only complaint is that I wish there were more moments between these two showcased throughout this story because I couldn’t get enough of them!
I am free by Regina Bartley is a must read story and readers will find themselves on a rollercoaster ride of emotions throughout Grace’s heartbreaking tale that fills us full of hope as she finds her freedom!
About Regina Bartley
Author Regina Bartley was born and still resides in the great state of Kentucky. She lives there with her husband, two kids, and one fat cat. When Regina isn’t tucked away behind her computer screen, she loves to read, and has an obsession with professional football. She dreams of one day visiting New York City, because she swears that her alter ego is a city girl. 😉
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